Trudi Canavan lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been making up stories about people and places that don't exist for as long as she can remember. Her first short story, “Whispers of the Mist Children”, received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. When she recovered from the surprise, she went on to finish the fantasy novel-that-became-three, the Black Magician Trilogy: The Magicians' Guild, The Novice and The High Lord. She is now a bestselling author in Australia, the UK and the US, and working hard on her new trilogy Age of the Five.